WV Prevention First to Launch Medication Disposal Campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Prevention First in collaboration with the WVDHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health, Kanawha County Communities that Care, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), and Verde® Environmental Technologies Inc., maker of the Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, will be hosting a press conference to celebrate the launch of their Medication Disposal Campaign. This event will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority’s Lippert Terrace (4420 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV).

The Medication Disposal Campaign will help educate citizens about how and where to properly dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications. Deterra Drug Deactivation Pouches have been purchased through a federal grant, with a partial match from Deterra, and will be disseminated throughout the state. A primary focus will be distributing pouches and disposal information to seniors who may have medications for disposal, but may not have access to a local drug drop box.

Greg Puckett, Regional Prevention Coordinator at Community Connections said, “This is an exceptional partnership that will help West Virginia get ahead in the fight against opioids. Our national coalition partner, CADCA, has helped coordinate this partnership, leveraging the relationship that we have forged over the many years. Collectively, this will show the world that West Virginia is serious about solving the opioid problems in our communities and we are actively developing solutions to specific areas that have been identified.”

Representatives from CADCA and Verde Environmental Technologies, maker of the Deterra Drug Deactivation System, will be on hand to discuss the disposal system and how the pouches have been implemented through other initiatives.

Coordinators from the six regions of the Prevention First Network will be in attendance to share information about the continuing work across the state in substance use disorder prevention programs and activities in their regions.

Contact Greg Puckett at 304-913-4956 or drugfree@strongcommunities.org for additional information about the press event. Visit www.HelpandHopeWV.org for more information about the Prevention Lead Organizations and the Help & Hope WV Initiative.